7th - 11th June 2020 (4 nights)
From: Middleport (Trent & Mersey)
VIA: Stone (to visit Wedgewood)
To: Etruria (Trent & Mersey)
Stoke on Trent
After a couple of days hanging around Middleport (actually, we'll probably have gone back a little to Westport Lake), we'll be ready to chug off when our guests arrive around 1.30pm.
This is an indulgent trip to allow time to visit the potteries.
Depending on whether we've stopped at Middleport Pottery, we'll aim to get down the Stoke flight and spend our first night just after the bottom lock - it's not the prettiest place to tie up, so if our guests are willing, we might suggest chugging on into early evening and aim for Wedgewood visitor moorings . That will facilitate a longer visit to Wedgewood Pottery the following day.
When everyone is back on board, our aim will be to chug on to Stone, go down the locks, top up with water and then turn - ideally mooring for the night. There are many nice places along this route to stop off so we'll see how we go rather than planning anywhere in particluar.
At Barlaston, we may pop in for a pint in the Plume of Feathers (apparently owned by Neil Morrisey) and our final mooring destination will be Etruria - hopefully early enough in the day to allow a visit to the industrial museum.
After dinner, another pub (a little walk away) is worth a visit - "The Holy Inadequate" ... we've had a pint (ahem or 3) in there before and it's got a really friendly vibe.
Our guests will leave us after breakfast the following morning whilst we back up to the services block on the Caldon arm to fill with water etc.
Middleport - Etruria) £480pp
(Via Stone for the Potteries)